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Deadly bombing rocks Bangkok

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A bomb has rocked the Thai capital, Bangkok.

The explosion took place just before 7pm local time (1300 CET) close to the Erawan shrine.

It is popular with Hindu worshippers and tourists.

The area is also full of shopping centres and luxury hotels, which are often frequented by foreigners.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The government says whoever was behind it wanted to “to damage tourism and the economy.”

Local officials quoted by Thai media say at least 27 people are dead and more than 80 people have wounded.

There is as yet no official confirmation of the death toll.

Thailand has been wracked by political instability over the past decade.

Tensions between rival political factions have sometimes turned violent.

However, the army has been in power since May last year.

That’s when it ousted an elected government after months of demonstrations.